Fresno airport officials being vigilant and collaborating with Homeland Security after Brussels attack

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Officials at Fresno airport are watching what?s happening abroad and collaborating with the Department of Homeland Security. (KFSN)

Officials at Fresno Yosemite International Airport are watching what's happening abroad and collaborating with the Department of Homeland Security.

Passengers may not notice any change in security, but FYI public safety will add any new measures if they feel the need or if the Department of Homeland Security advises them to.

Tuesday, 13-year-old Charley Plaskett and his dad Kelly talked about the terrorist attacks in Brussels before arriving at Fresno Yosemite International Airport. Explosions there killed, at least, a dozen people at the departure hall of the airport.

"There's not much you can do, you can't be scared, live your life, just be aware of your surroundings," said Kelly Plaskett, who was dropping off his son at the airport.

Plaskett says it's too bad you can't go anywhere without being extra conscious and careful of what's going on around you. But it's true, and the DHS secretary says their message of 'see something, say something' is more than just a slogan. Officials at FYI say the advice applies there too.

"We remind everyone if you see something, say something," said FYI's Vikkie Calderon. "Report any suspicious activity or behavior to airport public safety personnel to the Department of Homeland Security, the TSA, or call 911 immediately."

FYI public safety is monitoring the situation abroad closely, and officials say they will implement any additional security measures if they need to.

The Department of Homeland Security says TSA is sending extra security to major airports and transit stations across the United States. They're working with the FBI and local law enforcement agencies.

Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux says they have no information of any local terrorist threat, but they do regularly work with their federal, state and local law enforcement partners to keep the community safe from possible attacks.

"We do have reports that come through what we have titled terrorist liaison officers, we receive reports on any information that may impact us here locally and we stay pretty well in tune to that," Boudreaux said. "We want to make sure we that we learn from our lessons, most recently in San Bernardino, it's impacting us very close to home now."

"Yeah it can happen anywhere, people think that it's mostly overseas or whatever but it can happen anytime anywhere the way they work you know," Plaskett.

Plaskett's son won't be far from home; he's just flying to Phoenix. But he hopes that next time, he'll feel safe enough to send him off outside.

The DHS secretary encourages the American public to continue traveling, but always be vigilant.
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